The reconciliation talks between Hamas and Fatah have turn out to be futile; boring get-togethers which have lasted for greater than ten years. They have to the stage the place the negotiations themselves have turn out to be the aim; negotiations for the sake of negotiations. It’s a sport at which each side excel, and resemble the equally pointless “negotiations” between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, throughout which it’s all the time the Palestinians who need to make concessions.
No sane individual can probably reject the thought of reconciliation between the 2 most essential Palestinian factions, and the restoration of some extent of cohesion to have the ability to face the challenges and conspiracies as one. Essentially the most distinguished of those has been the deal of the century, which goals to utterly liquidate the Palestinian trigger.
Nonetheless, how do you reconcile between two utterly completely different factions, every with its personal ideology? For Hamas, resistance in opposition to the Israeli occupation is at its coronary heart as the one technique to liberate Palestine from the clutches of Zionism.
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Fatah, in the meantime, deserted armed wrestle years in the past and arrests those that assume in any other case. It cooperates with Israel on safety in opposition to its personal folks underneath the pretext of the ominous Oslo Accords and the ensuing illusory authority. It’s also nonetheless following what it calls the strategic peace possibility, because it has accomplished for over 1 / 4 of a century. It does so regardless of its full failure. No Palestinian state has been established as Oslo stipulated, nor have the unlawful Israeli settlements been stopped. Quite the opposite, the theft of land has elevated apace, and the settlements have grown in measurement and quantity. Lower than 22 per cent of historic Palestine stays for a Palestinian state, and Israel is presently attempting to annex even that. The puppet PA doesn’t raise a finger to cease this. As a substitute, it points meaningless appeals to the “worldwide neighborhood”. The scenario within the Jerusalem neighbourhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan is the very best proof of this.
The understated victory of the resistance following the current Israeli assault on Gaza is powerful proof that resistance is the best and shortest technique to liberate Palestine, and that the trail taken by Fatah is deluded and misguided, and can most likely kill the Palestinian trigger. Fatah leaders are decided to observe it, although, as a result of they concern dropping their privileges, status, and cash within the financial institution, regardless of how a lot Israel humiliates them. In line with Mahmoud Abbas himself, he can’t depart his house in Ramallah until he obtains permission from the Israeli safety authorities, so what kind of authority does he truly need to which he clings so passionately? He has been blinded by the presidential plane, the motorcades, and the purple carpets as he’s obtained by presidents and kings, and believes that he’s an actual president like different world leaders.
The restlessness amongst Fatah’s grassroots help within the face of this puppet authority is ever extra obvious because the folks realise that the PA has led them to a useless finish. The anger inside Fatah is rising behind the scenes and in WhatsApp teams.
“We used to observe the identical path as Hamas,” mentioned one Fatah loyalist, a as soon as senior post-holder. “The folks within the Fatah motion are indignant. What Hamas is doing now could be what Fatah did throughout the first intifada, as Fatah believed within the wrestle in opposition to the occupation and the liberation of Palestine by armed resistance. What Mahmoud Abbas has accomplished is strip Fatah of that means, aim or struggle for the sake of freedom and liberation.” He added that Fatah members on the bottom aren’t pleased with the PA chief and his males who need to preserve the established order as a result of they need cash and to maintain their investments in land offers; they need the occupation to stay as a result of, with out it, they haven’t any position.
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There may be nonetheless some spark left within the ashes of Fatah’s help bases, and even in a few of its senior folks. Abbas is thus expelling them, as he did with Nasser Al-Qudwa, the previous member of the Fatah Central Committee, former consultant of the PLO on the UN, and former international minister who was expelled as a result of he refused to face within the legislative election on a listing led by the PA, Fatah and PLO chief.
Nonetheless, there’s a new technology born outdoors the Oslo womb. They’ve raised the banner of change. This new technology isn’t linked to Fatah and has no reference to Ramallah or its management, nor does it prohibit itself to partitions or checkpoints imposed by the occupation authority. Neither Jerusalemites nor the Palestinians within the territories occupied in 1948 give in to the checkpoints and partitions imposed by the occupation, not to mention the Fatah authority. This technology is a part of a individuals who stretch from the river to the ocean. 1000’s of them participated within the current demonstrations within the West Financial institution and within the 1948 territories in opposition to the Zionist aggression on Gaza and in opposition to Abbas, who was utterly absent from the occasions in Jerusalem, together with the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the try and displace the folks of Sheikh Jarrah, and within the assault on Gaza. Though this technology isn’t affiliated with Hamas, it participated within the victory celebrations, elevating the motion’s flags and chanting within the names of its army leaders Mohammed Deif and Abu Obeida. This technology has made up its thoughts and has chosen resistance to liberate Palestine.
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Mahmoud Abbas has nothing to say to the Palestinians as a result of he has achieved nothing for them. Three a long time of absurd talks with Israel after its official recognition have achieved nothing however the dismantling of all Palestinian establishments that have been collaborating within the dialogue: the Palestinian Nationwide Council, the PLO, and the Central Council.
What reconciliation are they speaking about? Do they need Hamas to be drawn into this political nonsense and lay down its arms as Fatah did? Or will Fatah return to its authentic path of resistance, and abandon the phantasm that it has adopted for almost three a long time? Will it tear up the Oslo Accords and be part of Hamas within the armed wrestle for the liberation of Palestine? That is the one technique to obtain an actual reconciliation; something much less is but extra waste of effort and time.
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